Hundreds of striking coal miners marched 285 miles from Asturias on Spain’s north coast to the capital city of Madrid, where thousands of other workers joined them as they entered the city. Hundreds of thousands of others came to show solidarity as the miners’ three-week trek ended with a massive demonstration on July 11.
Thousands of striking miners also came on buses to join the protests. They felt the support from so many of their fellow workers, who have suffered from government-imposed austerity measures of higher taxes, layoffs, wage cuts and reduced crucial services and who face a new round of cutbacks.
At the October 2011 Climate Change Social Change conference held in Melbourne, Ian Angus, editor, climateandcapitalism.com and co-author of the book, Too Many People?, explains the concept of ecosocialism and how we can struggle for a better future.
Eurozone ministers are expected to give their final approval of a huge bailout of Spanish banks on Friday. But in Madrid, police fired rubber-coated bullets to disperse protesters. They are angry at the latest budget cuts and tax hikes as demonstrations were held in 80 cities. Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports from the capital, Madrid.